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Larisa Martino

Larisa is a Russian artist who was born, raised, and educated in Central Asia. Larisa's passion for art dates back to an early age when she attended drawing classes in after school programs. In 1993, Larisa graduated with a BA in Design & Art from the University of Textile Industry in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.  She participated in numerous fashion shows held at the University’s Fashion Theater and became a featured designer. In 1995, Larisa came to the United States. She worked in the business field for several years before deciding to go back to her true passion: art. Larisa and her family now reside in the state of Rhode Island.

Larisa enjoys using acrylics, ink pens, oil pastels, color pencils, fabrics, faux finishes, rhinestone, or often a combination of these for different effects to express her ideas. She often finds herself focused on fantasy themes, illustrations, and fashion sketches.   Many of her pieces are representations of women - the feminine forms of emotions, moods, and characters. Larisa is also an accomplished muralist.  Her inspirations include Gustav Klimt, vintage sand modern fashion sketches, and Art Nouveau.


"I create art to define my feelings and emotions, to express my inner views and sensuality.  The subjects of my paintings are usually women.  My muse is an imagination that relies on collected images and real observation.  I begin my creation by submerging myself in trance, clearing daily worries from my mind.  With swooshing circular motions that render the curves of woman, violin, floral petal, a glass of wine or a cat, I follow with pen and brush the footprints of my daydreaming.  Red, my favorite color, represents passion, energy, and power.   Combining crimson with other hues, I paint with a jewel-toned palette:  sparkling rubies, mysterious amethysts, caressing amber along with stunning emeralds and seductive sapphires.  Some of my works whisper sensually and others shout with vibrancy and fun."

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